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Tour of the Amazing Tooting Granada

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Gala Bingo Club

Mitcham Road

Tooting

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SW17 9NA

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'Miss the Tower of London if you have to, but don't miss this', ~ Ian Nairn.

The former Tooting Grenada Cinema is easily the most spectacular in Britain and certainly one of London’s hidden treasures. Sometimes described as ‘The Cathedral of the Movies’, the exterior does not prepare you for the incredible gothic-style interior of the theatre.

Prepare to be astounded!

The Granada Theatre, Tooting opened in 1931 for Sydney Bernstein’s Granada Theatres. It was his third theatre and it became the flagship of the circuit. It seated 3,102 but over 2,000 people were turned away on the first night!

The architect of the building was Cecil Masey who designed a Moderne Italianate styled towering entrance with four tall pillars topped by Corinthian capitals. The entire interior decoration of the theatre was designed in a gothic style by famed Russian stage set designer Theodore Komisarjevsky.

As well as films, many stars played one day concerts at the Granada Theatre including Danny Kaye, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Guy Mitchell, Eddie Fisher, The Andrews Sisters, Betty Hutton and Carmen Miranda from America and David Whitfield, Max Bygraves, Vera Lynn and Dickie Valentine from the UK. In the early 1960’s pop singers such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Jimmy Hendrix, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles appeared here.

With falling audiences, in 1971 Granada wanted to demolish the theatre to build an office block. The local Council stepped in and served a local preservation notice on the building. This eventually led in June 1972 to a Grade II* listing being placed on it. However this didn’t help the fate of the theatre and it closed suddenly as a cinema in November 1973.

It remained unused until it re-opened as a Granada Bingo Club in 1976. Taken over in 1991 by Gala Bingo it remains in operation today.

In September 2000, the listed status of the Granada Theatre was upgraded to Grade I by English Heritage. This is the highest listing that any building in the UK can receive and it puts it on the same level as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge etc. It is the only 1930’s cinema building to be given this honour.



Normally one can only visit this building on Open House weekend, or by playing bingo. Our exclusive guided tour - taken between bingo sessions - will show you not only the magnificent auditorium, but other out-of-bounds nooks and crannies.

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Mitcham Road

Tooting

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SW17 9NA

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